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    • One job well done, please.

      The curtain on the stage is falling down – at least for my part for this time. As always, I have been in the production team, using my skills and magic to make dreams become true. Working in the shadows is my trade, hidden from the viewers. This has been my sixth or eighth festival that I have been building in successively years. Spending months and months just for planning and preparing, organizing and solving requests, needs and targets. Long days and sometimes long evenings and nights – before the actual festival, that is. So far I have succeeded to maintain an illusion of festivals being easy to produce. But trust me when I say that it’s a full day’s work for months prior of the Big Day(s). The curtain is down, and I pull a hoodie over my superhero spandex, grab my technomage’s staff from the corner before I exit to the quiet streets lit by looming moonlight, mist twirling around my legs as I splash my way over the vet tarmac. Once more my work is done. I give myself a mental pat on my back, knowing that I’ve done best what I could with the limited resources and time I was given. Sometimes conjuring little miracles out of almost thin air to twist reality and make impossible possible. I guess only few people truly realize how much work and effort a good show requires nowadays. While I walk down the quiet street, I try to imagine what good I have been able to accomplish this time. Mostly my efforts seem to bear no fruit, and many fruits fall beyond my line of sight, and beyond my capability of reading the future. I do not know which of my acts carry beyond decades to come, changing some other unknown alien’s life to an unimaginable direction, hopefully for his or her or it’s benefit and better and more hopeful future. Which is one of the reasons I do like to remain in the shadows, creating new possibilities and faiths for audiences I never meet in person. I cannot take any credit of creating a successful festival all by myself. On the contrary, this is teamwork. We rely on each others, promoting our individual skills and thoughts, uniting in the creation to produce something unique, something that is worth of remembering. It’s good work, and even as I feel exhausted and ready to fall into stupor for a week or so, I know that I have done good. Looking the eyes of my companions I know they feel the same way. I have served, we have served well again, using our talents for changing the world. I know I cannot change the world alone, but maybe with co-operation we all can guide the world to move to a direction we want it to move to.

    • 4 programs for people who loves to dance and move their body

      You know that kid who can’t stay still but is always hand standing or jumping around? Well, that kid was me. Expressing my feelings by movement has been natural for me and fortunately I was able to take dance lessons and channel my energy to a sport I loved. During the years movement has become an art form where I can express myself. Even if it is just dancing at home or making choreography for my team it is a way to use my creativity and share with others. Physical movement is also an opportunity to make change in society and break barriers as it offers us the possibility to come together and share without words or common language. Check here my tips to join the movement by moving your body during festival week! 1. Dancing is for everyone! Danceability Workshop Tuesday 15th of September 15:00-16:00 finnish time 13:00-14:00 scottish time 5am-6am Pacific “In this workshop, we work with movement improvisation and finding what is available to everyone to find the common group language so we can have fun moving together. You do not need any experience - all you need is a body to join!” I am a person who loves to do improvisation during dancing and just go out and dance with others. During the times of the pandemic this has not been possible so I am really looking forward to joining others to dance together and have fun! 2. A stage without boundaries - a dance movie Tuesday 15th of September 18:00-19:00 finnish time 16:00-17:00 scottish time 8am-9am Pacific “This is a dance movie where mountain tops, ancient theaters to the livingroom become the stage.” When I first met Gizem in a remote meeting I was so impressed with her idea of a stage and inspired the courage to go out and express herself through dancing. After the meeting I felt like I could just go out and dance! Even if I did not have actual courage to do that I feel like the world would be a better place if we would dance more in public. Maybe I start my dancing journey somewhere in the woods in Finland and work up from that. However see the movie to get inspired and come to join the Q&A after the movie in Zoom! 3. Nora Amin: UnlOcking 3 Friday 18th of September 16:30-17:30 finnish time 14:30-16:30 scottish time 6.30am-7.30am Pacific “Join Nora Amin as she conducts a Lecture/masterclass on dance, activism & healing rituals. An interactive online lecture/talk that includes active participation from all viewers, to explore dance practises that address personal experiences, diverse corporealities and performative activism.” Amin’s workshop sounds really interesting one! The best thing about the digital festival is that people are able to share with others around the world and the physical place does not matter if you just have an internet connection. Really excited to be able to do this one at home! 4. Yoga and Meditation by Sue Darling Elivique 19th Saturday 19:30-21:00 finnish time 17:30-19:00 scottish time 09:30 am-11am Pacific “Join Sue Darling for her special yoga class. This special class will focus on as many people around the world gathering together, to practice UNITY while generating positive, peaceful energy…and exploring our self from the inside.” I have tried yoga many times in my life but I felt for a long time that I don't really get it. To be honest I just felt stupid when doing yoga and trying to listen my body and breath when I was used to drive my body to it’s limits during sports. However last year was a breakthrough for me when I had already given up and thought that yoga is not for me. I attended yoga class at the university when I was living abroad and felt that something was different. Since then I have been exploring yoga! This class is something I am really looking forward to and a perfect way to spend the last day of the festival. Anita Festival coordinator

    • Welcome to the No Labels No Walls + We Are One Festival 2020

      No Labels No Walls + We Are One Festival 2020 is the culmination of collaboration and volunteerism in the time of global Covid-19 crisis The international No Labels No Walls + We Are One festival on 14. - 19.9.2020 brings people together from all over the world to celebrate humanity and to create positive social change. The Festival offers art, culture and action and will happen totally online and is free for everybody to join and enjoy! The program consists of over 50 different events consisting of art, music, dance, discussions, workshops, talks and other performances streamed to the audience live through the No Labels No Walls website and other digital platforms. Digital festival offers new opportunities and possibilities “When the Corona situation happened we started to think of opportunities to create a festival in a safe way. The starting point was, that the festival is going to happen, because these dire times demand a feeling, that we are in this together.” comments Markus Vähälä the coordinator of the No Labels No Walls network. At the same time the duration of the festival grew to a six day event due to demand. The festival is mostly created through volunteer action and will stream live and pre recorded content for six days straight. “I don’t think that this has ever been done like this before, as a co-designed co-created collaboration of international and local people and NGO’s.” says Vähälä. The NGO’s should be frontrunners in their ability to create positive change while being agile and courageous. Their ability to offer possibilities to act and be active in new ways that engage people individually and collectively is essential. This is a wonderful opportunity for all of us to find a connection with other people regardless of people’s origin and background and to learn and share. Together we are more, together we are stronger in our ability to create a better global society for all citizens.” The co-creation of the festival has demanded a new way of thinking, collaboration and courage to experiment something that did not have a certain form at the beginning. “The production of the festival is constantly changing and being redesigned. It is a continuous process, where we experiment and restructure our action based on feedback and data. The technical production of the festival is a collaborative effort together with the students and teachers in Metropolia University of Applied Sciences. The Festival connects Taking the festival online and expanding the program means that more people can produce and enjoy the festival without the limits of time and location. There was an open call for contributors and everybody got a chance to bring their talent and skills to the festival and to inspire other people. The only demand was to share and respect the values of the No Labels No Walls movement. The main festival organizers provide programs from Finland, Scotland and the USA. The open call has attracted contributors from all over the world for example from South-Africa, Sweden, India and Turkey. “The Strindberg Laboratory is proud to co-create this year’s virtual festival. We are so excited to have organizations and individuals participating, connecting and sharing with people around the world on culture, art and issues that affect all of us. This virtual festival is a chance to show what drives us to make the world a little bit better. From California and from across the United States, we have organizations and people from Trans Rights groups, Labor unions, civil rights and social justice organizations, immigrants, veterans, musicians and artists. From the USA our hope is to reach out to international partners and individuals in order to build a holistic community that spans the globe.” comments the director of The Strindberg Laboratory from Los Angeles. Markus Vähälä continues: “The Festival offers citizens and communities a platform to be heard and to connect with others. We think that every individual has an important role in creating a unified world. It is great to see how many people want to participate in creating this festival  and that so many people from various backgrounds are represented. We all have our own story and our own message!” The festival is produced by the central association of culture and wellbeing Kukunori from Finland, The Strindberg Laboratory from Los Angeles USA and We Are One community from Glasgow Scotland. No Labels No Walls + We Are One Festival 2020 Contact info: Kukunori Markus Vähälä markus.vahala@kukunori.fi +358503461011 https://kukunori.fi/ Helsinki Suomi The Strindberg Laboratory Michael Bierman michaelbierman@strindberglaboratory.com +1 (714) 310 5073 https://strindberglaboratory.com Los Angeles USA We Are One John Dalrymple & Frances Brown john@radicalvisions.com frances@radicalvisions.com +44 (0) 7765 246345 https://weareone5.wixsite.com/website-2 https://citizen-network.org/ Glasgow Scotland

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    • No Labels No Walls

      ​ No Labels No Walls Action Monday Meeting every Monday at 5pm UTC in Zoom ! ​​ We have regular meetings on Mondays and everyone is welcome to join. No Labels No Walls + We Are One meetings on-line every Monday 17:00 UTC read more here! ​ Nov 2nd: Song writing with Bemix Nov 9th: All about Art! ​ ​ No Labels No Walls + We Are One Festival was on Monday 14 th to Saturday September 19 th 2020! Thank you all of creating the Festival! ​ The 2nd annual No Labels No Walls + We Are One Festival will take place 14th - 19th September 2020. This is the first Festival that’s about all of us! This Festival invites citizens from all around the world to connect through Art, Culture and Action. We will have films, art, music, discussions, workshops and much more. Watch the program here! Weekly virtual meetings every Sunday 17:00 UTC, . more information here ​ Weekly No Labels No Walls + We Are One meetings on-line every Monday 17:00 UTC read more here! ​ ​ The NLNW Blog Entries Read the Blog Want to write your thoughts here? Send your text to info@nolabelsnowalls.net Find us on Instagram

    • Festival Program | No Labels No Walls

      ​ Online - All Over the World Come and join us to connect and share with people around the world on culture, art and issues that affect all of us. This virtual festival is a chance to show what drives us to make the world a little bit better and to show the world that we CAN create and participate together despite our diverse backgrounds. The international No Labels No Walls + We Are One festival on 14. - 19.9.2020 brings people together from all over the world to celebrate humanity and to create positive social change. The Festival offers art, culture and action and will happen totally online and is free for everybody to join and enjoy! The program consists of over 100 different events consisting of art, music, dance, discussions, workshops, talks and other performances streamed to the audience live through the No Labels No Walls website and other digital platforms. ​

    • Festival Contributors | No Labels No Walls

      September 14 September 15 September 16 September 17 September 18 September 19 THE COMPLETE LIST OF FESTIVAL CONTRIBUTORS! Introduction to the Festival: Live from Finland 14th Monday 00:00-00:30 LA time scottish time finnish time 10:00-10:30 08:00-08:30 Introduction to the Festival: Live from Finland. Markus Vähälä, the co-ordinator of the No Labels No Walls + We Are One Festival 2020 opens the festival and introduces the program. Read More Young Scotland’s Got Talent 14th Monday 02:00-03:00 LA time scottish time finnish time 12:00-13:00 10:00-11:00 Young Scotland’s Got Talent (YSGT) was set up in 2010 to lobby for better employment support for people with learning disabilities and individuals on the autistic spectrum who want to work. Read More Sensory stories - Pamis 14th Monday 04:30-05:00 LA time scottish time finnish time 14:30-15:00 12:30-13:00 Felix After the Rain is a book that explores emotion and was written by Dunja Jogan. This multisensory version included people with profound and multiple and was created for the Edinburgh International Book Festival. This story offers people the chance to think about, talk or draw their feelings following the video. Read More Axel Jansson 14th Monday 07:30-08:00 LA time scottish time finnish time 17:30-18:00 15:30-16:00 Heading up his 4 piece band the London via Sweden singer-songwriter and guitarist, Axel Jansson delivers an eruption of hook-heavy, rhythmic melodies paired with the unrestrained raw essence of early rock, often garnering comparisons to Bruce Springsteen and Tom Petty but it’s his expressive and unusual voice that really sets him apart. Read More Finnish Association of Native Language Teachers 14th Monday 10:00-11:00 LA time scottish time finnish time 20:00-21:00 18:00-19:00 Join the Finnish Association of Native Language Teachers as they discuss their work uniting teachers of various languages being taught in schools in Finland to children, whose mother tongue is other than Finnish. About 21,000 students from different municipalities all over Finland participate in these lessons, and about 60 different languages are being taught. Join the event here by zoom: bit.ly/nolabelsnowalls2020 Read More Vivien Scotson 14th Monday 00:30-01:00 LA time scottish time finnish time 10:30-11:00 08:30-09:00 Vivien Scotson is a fabulous Scottish Singer and Songwriter, from East Ayrshire. Her genre of music is Folk, Alternative Folk, Country and she has released a studio album ‘I Can Hear the Wind Blow’ Recently Vivien has regularly been played on the BBC Radio Scotland “Iain Anderson Show”. Read More Economic and Social Renewal 14th Monday 03:00-03:30 LA time scottish time finnish time 13:00-13:30 11:00-11:30 Bill Scott is chair of the Poverty and Inequality Commission which was established from 1 July 2019. It is an advisory non-departmental public body which provides independent advice and scrutiny to Scottish Ministers on poverty and inequality. Read More Los Angeles City College - Black Ops - Screening and Discussion 14th Monday 05:00-06:00 LA time scottish time finnish time 15:00-16:00 13:00-14:00 We are excited to announce the Los Angeles City College Theatre Academy Screening and Discussion of "Black Ops" as part of NLNW Actions Monday's! This session was recorded on 29.6.2020 as part of No Labels No Walls Action Monday meeting. There will be a discussion afterwards about the film and the theater program with director Leslie Ferreira and members of the cast and faculty at LACC. Los Angeles City College is the oldest community college in USA's largest community college district. LACC Theatre Academy is the only conservatory program for theater in the community college district. We are excited to have Los Angeles City College Theatre Academy for our Action Monday's! Read More Doing Participatory Research by María Gómez-carrillo De Castro 14th Monday 08:00-09:00 LA time scottish time finnish time 18:00-19:00 16:00-17:00 In this session, María will share her experience with participatory research and present her project for the next year. As part of her PhD, she will be conducting participatory research with persons with intellectual disabilities in Spain. Join the event here by zoom: bit.ly/nolabelsnowalls2020 Read More Blue Lapse 14th Monday 11:00-12:00 LA time scottish time finnish time 21:00-22:00 19:00-20:00 Join us for a screening of Blue Lapse about a distraught young woman who has an unexpected encounter. This film is produced by JPK films in association with Los Angeles City College and directed by: James Dymond After the movie join us for a live Q&A with James Dymond, cinematographer Pongsakorn Kamhangngam ("PK"), and actors Savannah Rutledge and Cyrus Palizban. Join the event here by zoom: bit.ly/nolabelsnowalls2020 Read More Remembering the Festival from the last year! 14th Monday 01:00-02:00 LA time scottish time finnish time 11:00-12:00 09:00-10:00 Remembering the Festival from the last year! Read More Barriers to Business 1 14th Monday 03:30-04:30 LA time scottish time finnish time 13:30-14:30 11.30-12:30 Two young disabled people making their way in the world of business and the business of life. Danielle and Michael swap stories and experiences of the sometimes oppressive diversions along the way. Read More The Art of Facilitation: To Be the Change and the Changemaker 14th Monday 06:00-07:30 LA time scottish time finnish time 16:00-17:30 14:00-15:30 The Art of Facilitation To Be the Change and the Changemaker is based on the wisdom of famous thought leaders of different civilisations and our own experience of working with poor communities that spread to millions of women in India and to other countries in Africa. Join the event here by zoom: bit.ly/nolabelsnowalls2020 Read More Morris dancing -workshop 14th Monday 09:00-10:00 LA time scottish time finnish time 19:00-20:00 17:00-18:00 Join the Morris Dancer's of Finland for this special event. Morris dancing is an old form of street dance, originating in England in the 1400s. Over the years it has changed of course, and nowadays there are types of Morris that is performed by wheelchair participants, by children, and by everyone else. The workshop will give a very short introduction to the history of the style, and then a chance to practice two styles of dance: first with handkerchiefs and then with sticks, or in this workshop just a rolled-up newspaper. The emphasis is on rhythm and interaction. Join the event here by zoom: bit.ly/nolabelsnowalls2020 Read More LIVESTREAM No downloading necessary. Just visit our homepage at www.NoLabelsNoWalls.net! ZOOM IN! Please click here to download and install Zoom on your computer to access the link above!

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